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The New Gaithersburg High School

The new Gaithersburg High School building is now finished and in use by the students. The primary construction of the new building  occurred from 2011 to August 2013 when the building opened for classes. Site work continued through October 2014, and the old building was demolished in December of 2013.

The driving force behind the construction has been Steve and Laurie Augustino. Their determination to get a new building for Gaithersburg students and to raise money for continued programs is little short of astounding since their daughter graduated before this could benefit her. In addition to getting the new high school underway, the Augustinos started the Gaithersburg High School Education Foundation [GHSEF] the purpose of which is to add supplemental funding for things that will not be covered in regular budgeting.

Steve Augustino, an attorney, has the knowledge and fortitude to ensure that everything is done correctly. Laurie Augustino has the depth of dedication that she will pass up job opportunities if there is any chance that they will conflict with her being on the Foundation board.

Click here to listen to Maryland 20878's interview with Steve and Laurie earlier this year.

Steve Augustino replied to our questions about GHSEF:

The GHSEF's mission is to provide programs to further student achievement and to fund teacher professional education for the betterment of the GHS community.  We have completed fundraising for a new electronic sign at the entrance of Education Boulevard, and have funded the Summer Math Academy in 2014 to introduce incoming 9th grade students to the rigors of the high school math curriculum.  In 2015, we intend to fund a variety of science and arts programs proposed by the staff at GHS.

In terms of advice [for those wishing to start foundations for other high schools], I'm not sure what I can say.  I would say that starting a nonprofit is both very rewarding and extremely challenging.  It takes you out of your comfort zone at times.  Persistence and a love for networking are essential to getting the endeavor off the ground.

For me, the "found pleasure" from all of this has been the many new people that I've been able to meet.  Gaithersburg has such a rich history, and my own personal involvement only touched the surface of that.  Through the Ed Foundation I have been lucky enough to meet many people who have experienced Gaithersburg's past in so many ways.  It has enriched me, and has inspired me with the desire to help mold the future of Gaithersburg High School and the Gaithersburg community.  I hope that I can contribute in a small way to build on the legacy that already exists here. 

 

The pictures below of the Gaithersburg High school expansion  were taken sent by Norma (Mann) Christofano in August 2012. Thank you, Norma.

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This is the front of the old school where the bus circle use to be.

 

Another picture of the front of the old school where the bus circle use to be.

 

This is the side view of the above two pictures.

This is the new athletic field which is comprised of Astro-turf.

 

 

 

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